Ohio Leans Toward Legalizing Recreational Pot Before Vote: Poll

53% of registered Ohio voters support legalizing recreational use of marijuana while 44% oppose it, according to a Quinnipiac Univeristy poll.

  • NOTE: State to vote Nov. 3 on referendum legalizing limited sale/use of recreational and medicinal marijuana
  • Ohio voters overwhelmingly back legalizing medicinal marijuana use, 90%-9%, poll shows
    • 65% of votes say that even if marijuana use legalized, they “definitely” wouldn’t use it
  • Survey shows Democrats with potential to capture Republican-held Senate seats in Ohio and Florida, running behind in bid to unseat GOP Sen. Pat Toomey in Penn.
  • NOTE: To win Senate majority in 2016 elections, Democrats will need net gain of 4 or 5 seats, depending on which party wins presidency
  • In Fla. race for Senate seat Republican Marco Rubio is giving up for presidential bid, the 2 leading Democratic contenders -- Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson, each run ahead of 2 leading GOP prospects -- Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera -- poll shows
  • In Ohio, Democratic contender Ted Strickland leads Republican Sen. Rob Portman by 3ppts
    • Strickland, state’s former gov., led by same margin in comparable poll released in Aug.
  • In Penn., Toomey leads Democrat Joe Sestak by 15ppts, same margin as in Aug. poll
    • Toomey defeated Sestak by 2ppts to first win seat in 2010
  • Poll conducted Sept. 25-Oct. 5; error margin +/-2.9ppts for Ohio, Florida samples, +/-3ppts for Penn sample

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